I am currently the Shanghai correspondent for the Associated Press. My reporting has focused on how globalizing criminal networks are taking advantage ofChina’s rise. I have written about rampant fraud in the anti-counterfeitingindustry _ part of an award-winning series about why Western firms are losing the fight against fakes _as well as money launderingand synthetic drugs.
Prior to China, I reported from Italy, India and Myanmar for the AP. In India an award-winning investigation into a leading microfinance company’s cover-up of borrower suicides prompted the state government to press for prosecutions. In Myanmar, my reporting helped reveal that the U.S. let sanctions languish as it wooed Myanmar’s ruling generals and showed how crony tycoons were poised to benefit from the nation’s economic and political opening.
Prior to joining the AP, I was part of an award-winning Newsweek team that investigated modern-day slavery in global supply chains. I have contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, and Harper’s magazine, among others.
Before becoming a journalist, I worked in a developmental neurobiology lab and studied dance. I have also worked as a shepherdess, a waitress, a fact-checker and a failed French secretary. I am the proud mother of two.
EDUCATION & LANGUAGES
I graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College, with degrees in interdisciplinary studies and biology.
I'm fluent in Italian, I speak intermediate Mandarin (writing & reading HSK 3 proficiency) and can read Spanish and French.
First Prize, Excellence in Business Reporting, Society of Publishers in Asia
“The Double-Dealers Behind China’s Counterfeiting Industry, an AP Investigation”
“This is a remarkable, deeply reported investigation into the numerous parties who are involved in facilitating China's vast counterfeiting industry. It is comprehensive and beautifully written. Excellent journalism.”-- Judges
First Place, Business News Coverage, National Headliner Awards
“The Double Dealers Behind China’s Counterfeiting Industry”
First Place, News Series, National Headliner Awards
“Myanmar” Associated Press staff, Myanmar
2012 - 2013
Outstanding Business Story, South Asian Journalists Association
“Lender’s Own Probe Links It to Suicides” Erika Kinetz, Associated Press
Honorable Mention, Enterprise Reporting, Associated Press Media Editors
“Killed By Debt” Erika Kinetz, Associated Press
Award of Excellence, Excellence in Human Rights Reporting, Society of Publishers in Asia
“Lured into Bondage”
George Wehrfritz, Erika Kinetz, Jonathan Kent, Joe Cochrane, Jonathan Adams, Ron Brownlow, Marites Vitug, Tonette Orejas, Sonia Kolesnikov Jessop, Sudip Mazumdar, Akiko Kashiwagi for Newsweek.
“It is exactly what great human rights reporting should be: A heavily researched, nuanced and multifaceted look at the exploitation of millions of emigrants merely seeking to improvetheir lives. It produced a powerful picture of globalisation's ugly underbelly. The article, while brief, covered all the bases. It really went beyond the norm. This shows what a regional publication can do with the proper application of resources to a subject. Multinational reporting like this connects the dots in important ways and it is rarely done this well.” -- Judges
I am the Shanghai correspondent for the Associated Press. I write mostly about transnational criminal networks thiving in the shadows of China's rise, with specific attention to the opioid trade, counterfeiting and money laundering.